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Date & Time
September 27, 2018October 21, 2018
The Murthy Agora (Studio 129) at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27708 United States

Cornered represents the motivation and struggles of African immigrants leaving their home country and making an attempt—most often failed—to cross the border from Morocco to the Spanish cities of Melilla and Ceuta, the only European cities on Africa’s mainland. The installation consists of video projections on a stylized wooden structure that is reminiscent of a Moroccan table and covered on top by a screened dome. As they walk around the structure, viewers experience atmospheric imagery that captures the contrast between frustration and hope. Salvatella de Prada partnered with musician Jonathan Henderson and the group Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba to develop a musical score that synthesizes the migrants’ diverse musical cultures.


The video animation for Cornered is 8 minutes long. On Mondays–Fridays it will play on repeat between 12–7pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, it will play between 10am–5pm.

Photo by Robert Zimmerman.
We talked with Raquel Salvatella de Prada, and tracked her progress in creating Cornered, to give you a behind-the-scenes understanding of this complex piece. Video by Danny Kim (MFA EDA '18) and Katy Clune.
Dark shot of people poised at the top of a high fence
Raquel working on a laser-cut wood panel for Cornered.

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